Rating: 5 / 5
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I just got this pad and tried it out. This pad and the BMW bivy NANO are my choices for the best buys I made this year, along with the TarpTent/GG Squall Classic, and the TarpTent Rainshadow 2 for when there is a need for a larger tent.
This is the answer to a lot of my issues with sleeping. If you are not too big to fit on it (and if you are smaller you can always do a do your own gear modification to size it to fit) this is great. A pure 5.
First, I have bought every light weight pad I could find because of a bad back and desire to still go out 'there' and sleep well. I have tried the ThermaRest light weights, the Big Agnes inflatable, and blue foam or closed cell foam. The Gossamer Gear closed cell is the best alternative and it is my standard, but now I have radically increased my arsenal of gear to allow me to sleep well on any kind of terrain in any kind of weather.
It was a reader make your own gear thread here at BPL that turned me onto the ability to use a combination of the Torsolite and a closed cell GG type pad (even glueing them together or fitting the Torsolite to a cut out shape in the foam pad -- I'll have to find that thread and edit this to refer to it).
The Torsolite combined with a closed cell foam base (I use a 1/8" long pad usually) is now my best choice for inclement weather (cold) and ground conditions (volcanic rocky, hard and lumpy).
I have to say, using the GG torso egg shell pad is great, and I will still do it -- but for the insulation value, the waterproofing that goes along with the insulation value, and the PURE comfort at 10 oz. the Bozeman Mountain Works' and BPL sponsored Torsolite is the winner combo IMO.
If you do like I did and spend a lot of money on other self- or me- inflated pads, save the money is my advice and try a Torsolite.
Durability is not a question, because it is obvious it is built as well as any other pad. Comfort is not an issue because, like all inflatables -- self- or me- inflated -- the loft and density is controllable and easy because the valve is just as good or better than on more expensive "name" brands, and I can control what goes under it as a ground level base layer.
Given a choice between a GG torso pad for colder and more difficult terrain, which is the only other pad I would ever use at this point, the BMW Torsolite gets a 10 at 10 oz., but all I can give it is a 5.